'The Custom Mary'
(Alicia Sixtos, James Jolly, Travis Hammer, Henry LeBlanc, Dave Vescio, et al / DVD / NR / 2013 / H770 Films)
Overview: The story of a lowrider, a translation office, and the cloning of Jesus. A fascinating combination of a classic, indie love story and an exploration of faith and fanaticism, set amidst the gritty urban world of lowrider culture.
DVD Verdict: I have to say that having now watched this movie - two females, in fact - that 'The Custom Mary' will either stay with you or leave you shaking your head and moving on. I say that because having literally just finished it, the film has a very intense spiritual aspect to its storytelling.
A friend of mine has a role in it too - Dave Vescio. He's an ex-con, in real life who turned his life around to star in movies, which was always his dream. But, that said neither Vescio or the spiritual aspects of this movie are truly what you tuned in to watch. But it soon shows you that what you expected to see isn't what the movie is actually about!
Confused? Good, as you should not go into 'The Custom Mary' thinking you know the movie, trust me. Let's put it this way: If you choose to see this movie in a very atheist and/or agnostic way, then there is plenty for you to see here, sure. But, to my mind, it isn't about that either. Neither do you have to be African-American or Latino in order to watch and connect with these characters. Because this movie isn't about race or religion either.
Combining elements of scripture along with ounces of science, humor and seriousness, the storytelling rolls out regardless of whether or not you are a believer; as mentoned above. You see, come the end, no matter what you wanted to believe happened, 'The Custom Mary' is really just another love story. Which, as you know, it always was. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.